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  • Visiting

    My friend

    it has been a long time
    neither of us have talked
    we are disconnected.
    Silence spoke as we
    Disappeared into quiet.

    One day turtle asked,
    How is Janie?
    Couldn’t answer
    only a feeling
    So I searched to find you
    and found Michael…

    He said silence was from passing
    You found the calm you had been seeking
    the tranquility you grew in life,
    Became forever.

    There was Surfer dude and the gardener.
    There was Cowbird and writer’s workshops and
    Agricola and day-to-day new stories.
    Friends and conversations that never ended

    There was SecondLife
    And Happy Merryman -
    Edward and Gorman and David and many more
    Building worlds that we only dreamed of
    Making dreams real in virtual ways.

    And by and by Christopher Robin came to an end of things,
    and he was silent, and he sat there, looking out over the world,
    just wishing it wouldn't stop."
    Winnie the Pooh.

    So we decided to visit
    where Last we met.

    reach-out to You
    Your presence was strong
    Your heart beat loud
    through the silence
    Your words and images were all true.

    Thank you for sharing
    So open and free.
    Thank you for touching
    so many and me.
    You soar in our hearts
    Forever and a day.

    -to honor our friend Janie Noble
    March 15, 1939-December 21, 2015
  • Each of us knew Janie/Alex in different ways at different times.
    She died peacefully in a quiet way with her friends and rests
    in the ravine by her home where she spent much time growing
    new stories, new worlds and Agricola.
    And we loved her as each of us knew her.

    Michael Dittmer and his family spent many years with Janie
    as dearest friends. His family has made sure she would rest
    Michael had a bio written about Janie - Alexandra Jane Noble -
    so we would know her better.
    Thank you Michael.
    March 15, 1939 – December 21, 2015

    Alexandra Jane Noble, J. D., (aka Janie) was born in Washington, D.C., to Julian Bennett Noble
    and Adaline Jane Hall. In her youth, she attended Ojai Valley School in Ojai, California, as well
    as the prestigious Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. She received her undergraduate degree
    from Stanford University.

    Janie held a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Yale Law School, where her thesis focused on
    the decision making process in international law, and the emerging body of law for the
    exploration and development of outer space. While at Yale, Janie did research in international
    policies related to the regulation of communication satellites. She also participated in a special
    honors program at the United Nations focused on space law. Following graduation, she worked
    as a journalist for Time Magazine, the Time-Life News Service, People Magazine and The
    Christian Science Monitor.

    Janie spent most of her life in Montecito, California. As her career evolved, so did her search for
    new ways to use art and writing skills to create positive media for personal inspiration within
    various social networks. To accomplish this, she incorporated print, graphics, photography,
    landscape, management, telecommunications and interpersonal relations into her varied projects.
    Through workshops titled Imagining When the Future Is Now, Foundation for Advanced
    Research, and Excerpts from the Twenty-Third Century, it was clear to see where her passions
    lay. She found the marriage of science and technology fascinating. In keeping with her
    longstanding interest in socially responsible business, Janie served as a founding director of the
    Center for Social Profit Leadership.

    As the Internet and virtual world took hold, Janie embraced it. A self-proclaimed cyber futurist,
    visionary performance artist, she became an architect/designer in the Virtual World of Second
    Life. She co-founded the LOCUS sim (island) with award winning AIA Architect David Denton.
    She also collaborated with Virtual World Builders in the creation of a variety of virtual, new
    media and multi-media environments, in order to bring together various platforms for
    transformational education and entertainment.

    Janie was a true icon, one of those extraordinary personalities who combined curiosity, loyalty,
    integrity and honor with a keen mind, astute business acumen, broad experience and a genuine
    love of the win-win business deal. Her approach to creative business efforts offered both
    practical and inspirational support to countless colleagues, as the beneficiaries of her willingness
    to challenge the status quo to create bold and innovative opportunities.

    In later years, Janie self-published over 1,300 short stories on
    This online platform showcased her depth of creativity, making it clear that she was a visionary
    of the highest order. Continuously evolving into encompassing states of harmony, illumination,
    and grace, her mind functioned as a fascinating think-tank microcosm. Her contributions in the
    area of provoking thought, possibility and exploration will live on forever.
  • pictures from ARZ trip to Janie's home and a screengrab Janie pulled from SecondLife
    and appears in one of her many stories.
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